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    Soldiers host annual cook out for local children at Soto Cano AB

    Soldiers host annual cook out for local children at Soto Cano AB

    Photo By Maria Pinel | Service members with Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation...... read more read more

    COMAYAGUA, HONDURAS

    11.19.2021

    Story by Maria Pinel 

    Joint Task Force Bravo

    Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras - It was a fun time for the children of the Saint Anthony of Padua Home early November when U.S. soldiers hosted them for a pool day and cook out at Soto Cano Air Base.

    Service members with Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, in coordination with Army Support Activity-Soto Cano AB, welcomed 20 local children and their chaperones to the base as they volunteered their time to prepare and host a day of fun activities, Nov. 7.

    “Our [1-228 Aviation Regiment] Soldiers want to live by the Army value of selfless service, so they volunteer to give to members of the community in need,” said Capt. Jonathan Lorenz, Battalion Chaplain with the 1-228.

    The aviation unit has conducted multiple projects in support of Saint Anthony of Padua since 1998. Since then, soldiers have donated clothes, personal hygiene items and recreational supplies, and have also conducted repairs in the home to improve quality of life for the children living there; but most importantly, they often volunteer their time to visit the children and support them by living the Army values.

    Eleven volunteers with the 1-228 distributed clothes donated by the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton, Maryland, who conducted a fund raiser to provide new clothes and mosquito nets for each boy. Soldiers also cooked for the kids and spent the day swimming and playing corn hole.

    Volunteers with JTF-Bravo and Army Support Activity continuously build ties with the community by supporting local youths and extend good will to the host nation while strengthening their own resilience.

    “Ironically, we are the ones who receive the most when we spend time with these kids who have so little in the way of possessions, but still have so much joy - it really is humbling,” said Lorenz.

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    Date Taken: 11.19.2021
    Date Posted: 11.22.2021 16:54
    Story ID: 409832
    Location: COMAYAGUA, HN 

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